Sad reminder: Brittney Beers' case

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

It's now five days and counting, and still no arrests in the case of a murdered Constantine girl. 11-year-old Jodi Parrack's body was found in a cemetery near her home. The young girl was laid to rest today in Constantine. To many people in the area, this case reminds them of the disappearance of another young girl. You may recall, 6-year-old old Brittney Beers disappeared in September of 1997. She’s never been found. Beers would have been 16 years old.

Over the years, Sturgis Police and the FBI have followed up on hundreds of tips, but Brittney Beers was never found. No suspects have ever been officially named. Sturgis Police say 6-year-old Beers was last seen riding her bike and sitting near a bench near the Village Manor Apartment Complex, where she lived.

Shortly after her disappearance, police released a sketch of a possible suspect, but it never led to an arrest. Beers' disappearance is something some residents in the apartment complex remember well.

Meantime in Constantine Tuesday, the investigation into Parrack's death intensified. With the help of the FBI and other local agencies, Constantine Police have followed on up on more than 300 tips. The investigation is all too familiar to many folks in Sturgis. “We all decided we were going to keep a closer eye on our children after that incident. It's important until it's solved, until there's a conclusion for her parents,” explains Pamela Hudson, whose been a resident of Village Manor Apartments for more than twenty years.

“There's a lot of people that want to see what actually did happen to her, if she is still alive or isn't. It's crazy in a small community this can happen, because you think you can trust some people, but you can't,” says Andrea Mitchelen, another apartment resident who grew up in Sturgis.

“Whatever it takes, whatever resources it takes, whatever time it takes, if it was our child, I would appreciate other officers working to resolve it,” says Sturgis’ Chief Deputy of Police, Dave Ives.

Police remain very tight lipped about Parrack’s cause of death. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor says the cause of death won't likely be released until they have criminal charges in this case.

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